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Satyajit Ray

The documentary Ray planned to make

The documentary Ray planned to make

WHEN you come across a book on iconic director Satyajit Ray, it is quite natural to expect it to be either about the filmmaker or about his works in various art form --- movies, writings, drawings and music etc. But Satyajit Ray's  Ravi Shankar: An Unfilmed Visual Script is not about a completed compendium of his works but is about a documentary film Ray had planned to make, prepared its visual script (storyboard) and even titled it “A Sitar Recital by Ravi Shankar”but could not shoot it. Why?...

A pupil recalls his guru

A pupil recalls his guru

LAST year, it was “Manik and I”, the English translation of the memoir of Bijoya Ray, wife of Satyajit Ray, about her husband-director. And now I have come across “The Master and I” by Soumitra Chatterjee, Ray's favourite hero who has featured in 14 films by the maestro filmmaker between 1959 and 1990 inlcuding 'Apur Sansar', 'Devi', 'Charulata', 'Aranayer Din Ratri', 'Ashani Sanket', 'Sonar Kella', Joy Baba Felunath', 'Hirok Rajar Deshey', 'Ghare Baire', 'Agantuk' and 'Ganashatru'.                 If one were to discern the influence of Bijoya Ray on the choice of the title of the actor's book (published by Supernova, Delhi price Rs 395) , it is but natural considering the...

Remembrance

Saluting the Auteur

Saluting the Auteur

Satyajit Ray was one of the greatest filmmakers the world has ever seen. He had created some masterpieces during the early years of talkies. Besides doing filmmaking he also had remarkable contributions in art and literature. We remember the maestro on his 93rd birth anniversary. Born in 2nd May, 1921 Satyajit Ray was the son of renowned Bengali poet and author Sukumar Ray Ray started his career as a commercial artist and worked in several advertising companies During his stay in London in 1950 Ray watched 99 films The neorealist film ‘Bicycle Thief’ had a profound impact on him He said that after watching the film he came out of the theatre determined to...

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Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray

When he was three years old, Satyajit Ray's father Sukumar Ray – a noted writer, illustrator and critic passed away. His grandfather, another towering figure in Bangla literature, had passed six years before his birth, too, so Satyajit could not really be directly influenced by his ancestry. He graduated in Economics from the Presidency College, but his mother Suprabha Ray always knew that her son's calling would be in fine arts, and insisted that he go study at Tagore's Visva Bharati University. There he found his interest in oriental arts, from the likes of Nandalal Bose and Benod Behari Chowdhury, and after graduating, began work in an advertising firm...

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